Strengthening Democracy 2021

Join Civic Nebraska at 5 pm April 29 for Strengthening Democracy 2021, our annual celebration of Nebraskans of all ages who build our shared civic life in big, small, and innovative ways. We'll honor fellow Nebraskans and enjoy a keynote address from Eric Liu, a bestselling author, speaker, civic catalyst, and co-founder of Citizen University. This event will be virtual and accessible via Zoom.

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Our 2021 Strengthening Democracy Awards honorees include educators, advocates, students, and everyday Nebraskans who demonstrate exceptional civic leadership and who embody Civic Nebraska’s vision of a collaborative, innovative society. 
Outstanding Educator
Michelle Clifford
Defender of Democracy
Ja Keen Fox

Outstanding Youth Engagement
Erica Kobza 

Outstanding Civic Health Partner
Janell Walther

Outstanding Community Partner 
The Bay (Rabble Mill)
Outstanding Administrator
Cory Epler
Outstanding Student Leaders 
Christopher Gonzales, Campbell Elementary School
Neira Brandt, Randolph Elementary School
Armone Dean, Lincoln Northeast High School
Anna Castro, Lincoln High School

Keynote Speaker

Eric Liu

Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, which builds a culture of powerful and responsible citizenship in the United States. He also directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. Eric is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker; The Gardens of Democracy (co-authored with Nick Hanauer); You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen; and Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy, a New York Times New & Notable Book. He has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is featured on the PBS documentary American Creed and is a frequent contributor to Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the president’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He was later appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Eric and his family live in Seattle.

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Your free ticket from Eventbrite also enters you in our April 29 drawing to win exclusive Civic Nebraska swag. By RSVPing here, you’ll be receiving a Zoom access URL shortly before the April 29 event.

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